We never thought we would say this, but there comes a time where lazing on a beach gets a little boring. Sure, it’s relaxing for a couple of days, and you get to unwind while sipping pina coladas in the sun, but then you start to realize that you’re wasting your vacation. Where’s the culture? Where’s the history? Staying in the same place for a week or two doesn’t give you the chance to see everything the world has to offer, which is why you need to grab your sea legs and book a cruise. But before you do that, you need to know how to prepare for your first cruise…
Pick the right cruise for you
A cruise is just for elderly people, right? Well, not quite! Nowadays, there are so many cruises and ships for you to choose from. There are cruises for those who want to experience the high life on the high seas, there are cruises that cater for families and young children, there are cruises for those who want to cruise along rivers instead of the ocean, and there are even cruises for those who are obsessed with Disney. Yes, Disney cruises exist! It’s best to really think about what you want from your vacation when you’re picking your cruise because if you don’t like what you choose, you’re kinda stuck on it.
Choose the right package for you
A cruise is very similar to an all-inclusive vacation. You get your transport, your food and even your accommodation included in one full price. However, drinks make things a little more difficult. Depending on the cruise liner, they may allow you to have an unlimited amount of drink included in that price. Yet, there are others who require you to pay for your drinks separately – which means you will need to take currency with you. You need to work out how much you will realistically drink, and whether it’s worth paying more for the all-inclusive package, or whether you just pay-as-you-go.
Plan your port stops
One of the greatest things about a cruise is that you can wake up in a different destination every single day, and you have a full day of exploring somewhere new and exciting. Because of this, it’s best to plan your ports before you get on the ship. Grab your travel itinerary and look at when you will be docking and leaving each day. This way, you can work out where you want to go, where you want to explore the most, and how long you have in that destination. This will you will be prepared for every single day without wondering if you’ll be left behind.
Check out the dress code
Although cruises aren’t all like The Titanic, some cruises do expect you to dress up to the nines like Rose. The financier cruises will enforce a certain dress code when you enter the dining hall, and it may be that you won’t be allowed in if you’re wearing shorts or if you’re wearing a certain type of shoe. If you love making yourself look pretty, this will be perfect for you! On the other hand, there are other cruises that are much more relaxed and allow their guests to wear what they want. Most cruises meet in the middle, though, and ask their guests to dress up for one night of the week, which is called the ‘Captain’s Dinner.’
If you’re looking to book your first cruise, we’re kinda jealous. You will have the vacation of a lifetime! Nevertheless, it is important that you understand what you’re booking before you enter your credit cards, as every single cruise is different. Make sure you pick the right one for what you want.